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Mandarin Airlines became Taiwan's third international carrier last Oct. 16, when it launched a twice-weekly service to Sydney in a Boeing 747SP that it leased from China Air Lines.

For its second international service, Mandaring opened a route to Vancouver, B.C. on Dec. 7, the first direct flight between the two countries in 40 years. The service runs four times weekly in a pool arrangement with Canadian Airlines.

Mandarin is two-thirds owned by China Air Lines, Taiwan's oldest international airline, and one third by Taiwan's Koo Group of companies. It was formed specifically to open international traffic routes to countries where China Air Lines cannot secure rights because the Republic of China does not have any diplomatic ties.

Similarly, Japan Airlines spun off Japan Asia Airways and in Australia, Qantas launched a subsidiary, Australia Asia Airlines, specifically to serve Taiwan from Sydney with Boeing 767-300ERs.

Mandarin also is seen as China Air Lines' answer to competition from EVA Air, which became Taiwan's second international carrier last July.

Mandarin's chairman of the board is Liu Teh Ming, a former director general of the Civil Aviation Administration. He told ATW that Mandarin has several reasons for existence. "More than 40 international airlines are flying here [Taiwan] and we want a reasonable market share for Taiwan.

"China Air Lines has met many restrictions gaining traffic rights, as other countries associate CAL as being the ROC's flag carrier, because it has the flag on the tail. …

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